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Blackboard Collaborate

Moderator Info

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Audio Issues

Everyone should run the Audio Setup Wizard when they join the session. It is located at the top right of the AUDIO & VIDEO window. The icon looks like a microphone with a red star/cog and is used to select and adjust audio input(microphone) and output(speakers) devices.

If you are using a microphone (VoIP) remember that you need to click on the 'Talk' button when you want to speak, and again when you have finished.

Connection Speed

Moderators and Presenters should use a wired Internet connection (plug in with an Ethernet cable), not wireless.

If you change your connection speed, make sure that you also change the setting in Blackboard Collaborate: Preferences > Session > Connection

Select If your connection is …
28.8K Dialup 28.8K modem
33.6K Dialup 33.6K modem
56K Dialup 56K modem
ISDN High-speed dedicated telephone connection
Wireless Wireless connection
Cable/DSL High-speed cable connection or Digital Subscriber Line (choose this if you are on UVM's wired campus connection)
LAN Local Area Network

Blackboard Collaborate will remember the settings the next time you join another session on the same computer.

Teleconferencing

Please read the Using Telephony Quick Reference Guide for information on setting up and using the telephony feature in Blackboard Collaborate.

The numbers and passwords neccessary for teleconferencing can be preconfigured at the time the session is set up. As a moderator you can also change (or add) the details from within the session.

Whiteboard

Files that are supported for loading into the Whiteboard are:

  • .wwb (Wimba Whiteboard)
  • .wbd (Blackboard Collaborate 11 web conferencing and Elluminate Live! Whiteboard)
  • .ppt & .pptx
  • Image files: (.png, .jpg, .bmp, .gif)

Note that PDF (.pdf), Word (.doc, .docx) and Prezi (.pez) files cannot be loaded into the Whiteboard.

When a presentation is uploaded to the whiteboard, the slides are flattened - embedded audio/video, slide transitions and animations will no longer function, and hyperlinks will not be clickable.

Remember to check the 'Follow' box to the top right of the whiteboard content if you want participants to move with you through the slides.

Recordings

Blackboard Collaborate Publish! is a piece of software that allows you to create .avi, .flv, H.264, Mp4, .mov and .wmv movie files and Mp3, M4A (MPEG-4 audio), Ogg Vorbis and Uncompressed WAV audio files from Blackboard Collaborate recordings. You can also create an Unplugged Recording that allows you to view the recording without connecting to the internet.

Installation instructions and a user guide are provided on the download page:

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Convert a Recording to another format

Blackboard Collaborate Publish! is a piece of software that allows you to create .avi, .flv, H.264, Mp4, .mov and .wmv movie files and Mp3, M4A (MPEG-4 audio), Ogg Vorbis and Uncompressed WAV audio files from Blackboard Collaborate recordings. You can also create an Unplugged Recording that allows you to view the recording without connecting to the internet.

Installation instructions and a user guide are provided on the download page:

Last modified April 11 2014 11:31 AM